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 on: Yesterday at 11:40:01 pm 
Started by Silent Joe - Last post by Silent Joe
Happy Birthday, Pard. I wish you a nice day with fine presents.  Smiley

 on: Yesterday at 09:53:30 pm 
Started by Crow Choker - Last post by Crow Choker
Hi to all: Bought a Uberti 1860 Richards-Mason shooter this spring (5.5" barrel) and one of DD's Snakebite 38 molds. Have around 400 of the Snaker's cast, sized, and lubed-equal number of 38 cases sized, belled, and primed. Ready to start dropping some FFF black Goex in the cases and being new to loading black in this caliber, I wonder what any of you who have been loading 38's with Snakebites or something in the 158 grain bullet range have been dropping weight/volume wise for powder.
    I'm not new to reloading with either black or smokeless. I know the old rule of thumb when nobody has a number value is to drop black to near the top of the case, seat the bullet, thereby compressing the powder. I like to be a little more exact, ie have an idea of the grain weight/volume of the powder for records if nothing else.
    I took some FFF Goex and a Lee 1.3cc scoop and weighed some 'scooping's'. Just dipping the scoop into a container of FFF black, level to the top, gave an average of 18.5 grains, filling the case 3/16" from the case mouth. Taking the same Lee 1.3cc scoop, filling and giving it a tap allowing the powder to settle then rescooping it to level, gave an average of 19.5 grains (+1 grain) and filled the 38 case 2/16" from the mouth. Either one would give adequate compression, maybe even the 18.5 grain would be to much, haven't tried either as I just primed all the cases. Goex in their website recommends 16.0 grains, which I haven't checked to see how far the powder would be from the case mouth. To me, 16.0 grains sounds a little light. I shoot around 20 grains of FFF in my 36 caliber cap n' ball Navies, so I'm not worried that using the 1.3cc scoop would be to much powder, guess it comes down to if the case can hold 18-19.5 grains and the 38 caliber snakebite. My soft lead bullets all averaged around 160.0 grains, sized them .358".
    What have you who have been loading 38 Spec's with black been doing and had the most success with? Thankee for any response. CC

    ****07/28 Note: Measured out 16.0 grains of FFF, dumped in 38 case, level of powder was 1/4" from mouth. Seemed that not enough compression could be attained. Weighed 17.5 g of FFF and powder level was 5/32" from mouth (just 1/32" below the 18.5 grain level of 3/16"). Think maybe either the 17.5 or the 18.5 grains would work for good compression. Have to do some trail and error bullet seating and shooting.*****

 on: Yesterday at 09:28:08 pm 
Started by Major 2 - Last post by Major 2
Well, if I had cooked 4 pounds at one time, there might be a little left over.

Hmmmm ... or not  Wink

 on: Yesterday at 06:44:04 pm 
Started by Major 2 - Last post by pony express
Well, if I had cooked 4 pounds at one time, there might be a little left over.

 on: Yesterday at 06:00:32 pm 
Started by Major 2 - Last post by Four-Eyed Buck
Spent most of the day cleaning out a car ports drainage gutters. Probably hadn't been cleaned for quite a few years. they were almost 4 inches deep and were stuffed to the top Tongue

Temps in the high 80's today Roll Eyes

 on: Yesterday at 05:43:21 pm 
Started by Fingers McGee - Last post by Montana Slim
Why not do the smart thing and replace the flat hand springs BEFORE they break?

Smart depends on your perspective....however, it is unnecessary to do so.

Without the force of the spring, the hand will still engage the cylinder teeth IF the revolver is tipped forward. This is the motion I always use in shooting cowboy revolvers. Two reasons for me to do this....
(1) I'm still close to 6'2" tall, and I rarely encounter a target where I'm not aiming lower than arm height, thus it is natural to do so.
(2) I typically lower the muzzle as I cock my piece, could call this "gravity assist".
(3) Assuming one is considering the coil-spring, ball & setscrew....they are not period correct.

All bets are off when I'm shooting in zero gravity.....yep, I will keep in mind the necessity of the spring at that time.

The time you'll miss the hand spring is when loading, gravity ain't helping in this have to keep a close eye on dropping powder & ball into each of the five holes you were planning on.

Yes, I've shot more than a few stages with a broke hand spring. No big deal.


BTW, the ability of the Colt revolver to continue functioning with one or more broken parts was considered by the Army Ordnance Board to be very advantageous.

 on: Yesterday at 05:41:04 pm 
Started by Fingers McGee - Last post by Fingers McGee
Thanks Dick.

 on: Yesterday at 05:37:30 pm 
Started by Silver_Rings - Last post by Silver_Rings
I only fired about 30 rds and didn't check for leading afterward.  The above load gives about 1275 fps, so it is not a hot load.

Silver Rings

 on: Yesterday at 05:21:10 pm 
Started by Fingers McGee - Last post by Dick Dastardly
I've browsed the net and don't find anything meeting your quest.  I did, however, find a M&H introduction in that same caliber in SS.  I'll check it further and report back.  The gun you're looking for does show up from time to time on the Cabelas web site.  I'll keep a watch out for it.



 on: Yesterday at 04:39:53 pm 
Started by Major 2 - Last post by The Trinity Kid
PE, we usually don't have any, but my mother bought four pounds this month to use a pound each week for sandwiches and potato soup, but it got put in the back of the freezer, and then she told me to cook it all last night.  Roll Eyes

In other news, My backside is reminding me that it has been a while since I sat upon a saddle.  Went out to do some riding before I leave.  But, even with the semi-bruised buttocks it was more enjoyable than the alternative: washing dishes.  Roll Eyes


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